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The San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) largest program is federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance. With 15,455 housing vouchers allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), SDHC can provide HCV rental assistance to low-income households in the city of San Diego, including homeless San Diegans and chronically homeless Veterans.
In the 2014-15 Fiscal Year, 14,698 households rented housing units with these Federal housing vouchers, which include more than 36,000 men, women and children.
Within the Rental Assistance program is the SDHC Achievement Academy. The SDHC Achievement Academy provides opportunities for HCV rental assistance participants and public housing residents to become more financially self-reliant—at no cost to them.
Voucher recipients are encouraged to take free classes on topics such as career development and personal finance at the SDHC Achievement Academy. As an incentive, SDHC offers special asset-building accounts that help motivated enrollees save money for school, books, starting a small business or buying a home.
Needy families and individuals who live or work in the City of San Diego, as well as veterans, seniors 62 and older, the disabled and the homeless may be eligible for rental assistance. The assistance comes in the form of a rental subsidy called a Housing Choice or Section 8 voucher.
What are the benefits?
Rental assistance recipients pay between 30 and 40 percent of their their household income toward their rent. The balance is paid by SDHC directly to the landlord. Voucher recipients may also enroll in classes run by the Achievement Academy of the San Diego Housing Commission that focus on achieving economic independence.
Where you can live?
Once you obtain a voucher, you may rent an apartment owned by SDHC or a privately owned rental unit managed by a landlord that has agreed to participate in the rental subsidy program.
SDHC is in the process of upgrading the online waiting list application portal. Click here for more information.
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